At Helicotrema Petri Kuljuntausta will perform all the works that the festival has commissioned from him since 2012. With the help of live-electronic devices he will create revisited versions of the works. On stage Kuljuntausta will also create a new material by transforming the electromagnetic fields and spatial sound characters of the Palazzo Grassi to the musical ingredients of the performance.
Petri Kuljuntausta is a sonic artist, composer, and musician. In close collaboration with natural scientists, he has composed an underwater music and made music out of whale calls and the sounds of the northern lights. Environmental sounds, live-electronics, improvisation and collaborations with media artists have influenced him as a composer.
Kuljuntausta has performed or collaborated with Morton Subotnick, Atau Tanaka, Richard Lerman, David Rothenberg, and Sami van Ingen, among others. He has made recordings for various labels in Australia, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Sweden, UK and the USA. Star’s End and Inner Space radio shows selected Kuljuntausta’s ”Momentum” as one of the most significant CD releases of the year. Kuljuntausta has published three books on Sound Art and Electronic Music. In 2005 he won an award, The Finnish State Prize for Art, from the Finnish government as a distinguished national artist.
Petri Kuljuntausta performs regularly. In his concerts he often uses soundscapes or environmental sounds as a source material and recycle and mash these sounds live. He has created site-specific sound performances and performed with the birds. Kuljuntausta started his career as a guitarist and he is performing again with the instrument.